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Admire this lofty city’s giant artworks and iconic clock tower, discover its Cornish heritage and find out why this region is called the Cradle of Mexican Football.

In Pachuca, walk in the footsteps of 19th-century Cornish miners and explore its mixed European and Mexican heritage, browse the museums and galleries and admire the city’s awe-inspiring artworks.

Pachuca de Soto, as Hidalgo’s capital is officially named, occupies a semi-arid valley. The winds that blow in from the Sierra de Pachuca gave the city its nickname “La Bella Airosa” (Beautiful Windy City).

Today Pachuca is a modern, densely populated city, but in its heritage-protected Centro Histórico you can still see glimpses of the silver mining hub it once was. Start at the iconic Monumental Clock of Pachuca (El Reloj Monumental) on Independence Square (La Plaza Independencia). Admire the nearby Casa del Conde de Rule, a building commissioned by the successful Cornish immigrant “Don Francisco” and now housing the town hall.

Browse the Historic Archive and Museum of Mining to get an insight in the Cornish connection to the region’s 19th-century silver mining history. In a cafeteria, try pastes, savory Cornish pasties with a Mexican twist. The British miners also introduced soccer, as you’ll learn in El Centro Interactivo Mundo Fútbol in David Ben-Gurion Park. While in the park, walk across its stunning mosaic.

Also don’t miss El Macromural de Pachuca. By using the Las Palmitas neighborhood as a giant canvas, this formerly run-down barrio now has a much brighter outlook.

Stroll under the arches of the charming Plaza Juárez and see a show in the intimate Guillermo Romo de Vivar Theater. Located in a 16th-century Franciscan convent, Pachuca’s State Center of the Arts is also impressive inside and out. Delight the kids with a trip to El Rehilete, an interactive science and nature museum.

Located just 59 miles (95 kilometers) northeast of Mexico City, Pachuca is easy to reach by car and bus. It’s 1 to 2 hours by shuttle bus from Mexico City International Airport. When you reach Pachuca, use buses and taxis to get around the city.

Pachuca sits at 8,520 feet (2,600 meters) altitude, so be prepared for a change in climate. Its mountains are part of the city’s attraction, so don’t leave before you have explored the forested peaks of nearby El Chico National Park.

Top Hotels in Pachuca

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Camino Real Pachuca
Camino Real Pachuca
3.5 out of 5
Camino Real De La Plata Lote 15, Zona Plateada, Pachuca, HGO
The price is CA $60 per night

Located in the heart of Pachuca, this hotel is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from International Soccer Hall of Fame and 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from El Rehilete Museum. Mundo Futbol ...

4.2/5Very Good! (644 reviews)

"It is a good hotel. Great food available at its restaurant"…"

Reviewed on Mar. 17, 2020

Camino Real Pachuca
Hacienda Santa Maria Regla
Hacienda Santa Maria Regla
3.5 out of 5
Domocilio Conocido SN, San Miguel Regla, HGO
The price is CA $95 per night

Situated in the historical district, this historic hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Basaltic Prisms of Santa María Regla Park and Prismas Basalticos Waterfall. ...

3.9/5Very Good! (257 reviews)
not pleasant as it used to be

"Reyna was exceptional she is very professional and helpful, unfortunately I had to make a complaint about the grounds keeping guys were very disrespectful to my female guests, the Hacienda should hire people like that! I made a complaint to the receptionist but they didn’t do nothing about it"…"

Reviewed on Apr. 6, 2020

Hacienda Santa Maria Regla
Fiesta Inn Pachuca Gran Patio
Fiesta Inn Pachuca Gran Patio
3.5 out of 5
Boulevard Luis Donaldo Colosio 2009, Ex-Hacienda de Coscotitlán, Pachuca, HGO
The price is CA $66 per night

Situated in Pachuca, this eco-friendly hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Galerias Pachuca Mall and Hidalgo Stadium. International Soccer Hall of Fame and Mundo ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (414 reviews)
Highly recommended!

"Excellent location, amenities, and service. Will definitely stay here again."…"

Reviewed on Jan. 5, 2020

Fiesta Inn Pachuca Gran Patio

Popular places to visit in Pachuca

Prismas Basalticos Waterfall
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Prismas Basalticos Waterfall

4/5(1 review)

Gaze in peaceful appreciation as water flows from a dam and over a collection of otherworldly volcanic rock formations that decorate Santa María Regla Canyon.

El Rehilete Museum
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El Rehilete Museum

Meet life-size dinosaurs in Pachuca’s interactive family museum, which also has a planetarium, observatory, science lab, cactus garden and Mesoamerican statues.

Monumental Clock of Pachuca
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Monumental Clock of Pachuca

4.5/5(3 reviews)

A symbol of the city and Mexican independence, this neoclassical clock tower is the landmark of Independence Square in Pachuca’s Centro Histórico.

David Ben Gurion Park
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David Ben Gurion Park

Walk over the park’s gigantic mosaic, visit the Soccer Hall of Fame and relax in Pachuca’s spacious cultural green space, an initiative of Mexico’s Jewish community.

Tuzoofari Zoo
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Tuzoofari Zoo

Spot exotic animals of all kinds in re-creations of their natural habitats on a self-drive or guided tour of this wildlife park. 

Independence Square
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Independence Square

4.5/5(3 reviews)

Stroll around Pachuca’s main plaza to discover some of the city’s history and see its monumental clock tower, which has a chime that sounds just like Big Ben in London.

Top things to do in Pachuca

Magical Towns Tour: Real del Monte & Huasca de Ocampo
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Magical Towns Tour: Real del Monte & Huasca de Ocampo

CA $81
Per adult
Teotihuacan, Tlatelolco & Guadalupe Shrine
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Teotihuacan, Tlatelolco & Guadalupe Shrine

CA $54
Per adult
84% of travellers recommend
Guadalupe Shrine & Pyramids Teotihuacan Tour-Optional Lunch
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Guadalupe Shrine & Pyramids Teotihuacan Tour-Optional Lunch

CA $67
Per adult
82% of travellers recommend
Teotihuacan, Shrine of Guadalupe & Tlatelolco Tour
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Teotihuacan, Shrine of Guadalupe & Tlatelolco Tour

CA $66
Per adult
80% of travellers recommend
Mexico: Private tour to Teotihuacan & Mexico City
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Mexico: Private tour to Teotihuacan & Mexico City

CA $326
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Teotihuacan with a Private Archeologist and liquors tasting
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Teotihuacan with a Private Archeologist and liquors tasting

CA $47
Per adult
86% of travellers recommend

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